Tortola is the largest and most populated island of the British Virgin Islands. Local tradition recounts that Christopher Columbus named it Tortola, meaning ‘’land of the Turtle Dove’’. But Columbus named it Santa Ana. Later, the Dutch settled and called it Ter Tholen, after a coastal island forming part of the west coast of the Netherlands. When finally the British took over, they altered the name to Tortola.

To experience the beauty of Tortola, swim or stroll the white-sand beaches. Explore ancient ruins or delectable local cuisine, or drop anchor and rock with the rhythm of the azure ocean. In Tortola, there’s a variety of Caribbean vacation activities to indulge in.

We are very pleased that we could resume flights to Tortola - British Virgin Islands, but the immigration and health authorities have strict entry requirements and travel regulations in place that travelers must comply with. Make sure you are up to date with these requirements before you travel! click here for the links to the authorities websites

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Useful Info

4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.

110 volts

English, spoken with a West Indian lilt and woven with local slang.

US dollar

Road Town

21.51 square miles

Communication (drop down)
The country code for Tortola is +1-284.

Tortola has a tropical climate, moderated by trade winds. Temperatures vary little throughout the year. Typical daily around 32⁰C in the summer and 29⁰C in the winter.

Public Holidays
- Jan 1: New Year's Day
- March 7: Anniversary of the Birth of Hamilton Lavity Stoutt
- March 14: Commonwealth Day
- March 27: Good Friday
- March 28: Easter Monday
- April 21: Sovereign’s Birthday
- May 16: Whit Monday
- July 1: Territory Day
- August 1: Festival
- August 2: Festival
- August 3: Festival
- October 21: St. Ursula’s Day
- December 25: Christmas Day
- December 26: Christmas Day
- December 27: Boxing Day

Airport Info

Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, P.O. Box 4416 Road Town, Tortola, BVI

All shops at the airport are provides duty free shopping. The airport is equipped with an ATM, accessible daily from 5:30 am – 10:30 pm.

A free Wi-Fi service is available at the Departure Lounge of the airport.

Airport taxis
Taxis are available outside the arrivals.

Airport parking
There are pick-up and drop-off areas outside the terminal.

Getting to the city
Taxis and public transportation is available at the airport.

Car rental
There are different car rental agencies on the island.

* Info is subject to change.
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